Cromwells Navy: The Fleet and the English Revolution, 1648-1660

Paperback | September 1, 1988

byBernard Capp

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This is the first study of the navy during the English Revolution. It argues that the commonwealth navy did not, as is often assumed, stand back from domestic political controversies, but was deeply influenced by the revolutionary circumstances of its origins. The new regime saw a large and politically reliable fleet as essential to its survival, and the years after 1649 witnessed a rapid build-up and a drastic remodelling of the officer corps, with political and religious radicalism becoming major criteria in the selection of officers. The book chartsthe navy's central role in the struggle to win foreign recognition for the new regime, and in the wars which followed: the period saw England's first major war at sea, against the Dutch. The navy's response to political change at home, and its intervention in the Restoration crisis of 1659-60 arealso examined. The social history of the navy is also considered in detail. This book provides a richly detailed insight into a neglected subject, and enhances our understanding of the Cromwellian period as a whole.

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This is the first study of the navy during the English Revolution. It argues that the commonwealth navy did not, as is often assumed, stand back from domestic political controversies, but was deeply influenced by the revolutionary circumstances of its origins. Bernard Capp charts the navy's central role in the struggle to win recogniti...

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This is the first study of the navy during the English Revolution. It argues that the commonwealth navy did not, as is often assumed, stand back from domestic political controversies, but was deeply influenced by the revolutionary circumstances of its origins. The new regime saw a large and politically reliable fleet as essential to i...

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This is the first study of the navy during the English Revolution. It argues that the commonwealth navy did not, as is often assumed, stand back from domestic political controversies, but was deeply influenced by the revolutionary circumstances of its origins. Bernard Capp charts the navy's central role in the struggle to win recogniti...

Bernard Capp is at University of Warwick.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:September 1, 1988Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart 1: The revolt of 16481. The Navy New-Modelled2. Gunboat Diplomacy and War, 1652-16603. Politics and the Navy, 1649-1658Part 2: Naval Officers: A Social Profile4. The Floating Commonwealth5. Manning the Fleet6. Saints Afloat? Religion in the FleetPart 3: The Navy and the Restoration7. The Legacy of the Commonwealth8. ConclusionSourcesNotes

From Our Editors

This is the first study of the navy during the English Revolution. It argues that the commonwealth navy did not, as is often assumed, stand back from domestic political controversies, but was deeply influenced by the revolutionary circumstances of its origins. Bernard Capp charts the navy's central role in the struggle to win recognition for the new regime, and in the major wars which followed. Based on extensive and meticulous research, this book provides a richly detailed insight into a neglected subject, and enhances our understanding of the Cromwellian period as a whole.

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'a comprehensive study, beginning with a perceptive account - the best yet - of the curious naval revolt during the Second Civil War ... well-structured and elegantly-expressed volume'Ivan Roots, University of Exeter, EHR, Jan.'93